Waternomee Airplane Crash Haunted Hike
Hiking/Walk DATE: 11/01/2014 - 11/01/2014
Trip/Event Location: Lincoln, NH
Max # People: 15
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Airplane crash site, Halloween costumes, BBQ, horror movie and exercise! Come celebrate Halloween!
It’s that time of the year again! We have chosen the tragic tale of January 14th, 1942 ,...
I-93 to Rte 112 (Kancagamagus Highway). Go West 3 miles, then turn Left onto Rte. 118 South for about 8/10 mile to Walker Brook Road [old logging road], with small parking area located on Right. We’ll be driving a blue FJ Cruiser.
On Saturday, Jim, James, Robert, Jon and I hiked up Mt. Waternomee to check out a piece of history. In 1942, a B-18 Bomber crashed on the side of the mountain in a winter storm. The story can be found here. Two pilots died in the crash.
The hike was 4.6 miles round trip. We put on our Halloween costumes and off we went! There were intermittent showers during the day that turned into snow showers the higher we climbed.
The trail follows an old logging road for about 1 mile before ending into a field. The path from the field to the wreckage is pretty clearly marked with survey tape and orange arrows painted on trees. It was easy to follow.
Grades were gentle until we crossed the brook. Then it was steep the rest of the way. Not far upstream of the stream crossing was a really pretty waterfall. Eventually, we reached the crash site.
Photos of the wreckage just don't convey what it is like to see how catastrophic this crash must have been. But here are a few pictures anyways. This debris was scattered over a large area.
Wreckage included the engine, wings, and landing gear. A monument was erected in memory of the crew. After we did some exploring, we then hiked out the way we came. The whole trip was about 3 1/2 hours long.
All of us except for Robert returned back back at the house to warm up by the fireplace, enjoy another fabulous dinner cooked up by Jon including a delicious pumpkin cheesecake topped with yogurt & whipped cream, followed by watching the haunted house movie, The Conjuring.
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
- Hail Fellow Spooks & Ghouls...A 'moving' hike on many levels...time well spent...and the company was the best. Thanks for a great hike!! James - freespirit
- Gentlemen... Thanks for hosting this trip - it was a Brilliant day and I really enjoyed meeting everyone. The hint of snow was a nice treat!! Look forward to future trips. Cheers, Rob - Robert.L
freespirit Nov 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM
Comment: Hail Fellow Spooks & Ghouls...A 'moving' hike on many levels...time well spent...and the company was the best. Thanks for a great hike!! James
Robert.L Nov 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM
Comment: Gentlemen... Thanks for hosting this trip - it was a Brilliant day and I really enjoyed meeting everyone. The hint of snow was a nice treat!! Look forward to future trips. Cheers, Rob